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Bringing Scottish Style Home Part II

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Bringing Scottish Style Home Part II

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It is mind-blowing to discover a tropical oasis amongst the Scottish Highlands. Forty hectares of woodlands shelter 21 hectares of botanic gardens. Think giant gunnera, beautiful specimen rhododendrons, waterlilies, bamboo, and even vegetable gardens all despite the northerly latitude. A true representation of countries from across the world, don’t be afraid to fill your own backyard or balcony with plants that do not match.

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I love to mix old and new – here I was inspired by Strongarbh House on the Isle of Mull, a car ferry ride away from Oban on the west coast of Scotland. We discovered it through an Instagram recommendation. The lovingly restored house on the hill has had many reincarnations throughout its life from a morgue to an officer’s mess and home. Enter to a flagstoned hallway and big wooden staircase, and two front rooms that look over Tobermory port. The library is all whitewashed light & modern (I think Ilse Crawford had some influence here) with beautiful, deep, shuttered windows. There are painted grey floorboards (more people should do this) in the gallery with a B&B Italia sectional sofa/ottoman and Monocle newspapers. You can have a beautiful old building but it does not mean that everything you own has to be old! I might be attracted to pieces from the past time and time again, but I love modern. It was done to perfection at Strongarbh, by resting on their traditional foundations but creating a modern space.

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A timberyard to begin with, then an old prop house and theatre, now it is a restaurant & an Edinburgh must-go, and a source of inspiration here. Simply propped, you walk into Timberyard toward a ramp and there’s an old leather-topped gymnasium vault and candles. A central courtyard is the perfect place to admire the space and enjoy your Hendricks served with cucumber, and tartan rugs to keep you warm.

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Timberyard is tactile, subtle & perfectly executed and the family who run it are absolutely lovely. Don’t disregard the importance of simplicity in styling, use this as a reference point and be excited about uncomplicated wall art and the quiet moment it can achieve. Here, single antlers shed by their original owners are strung up.

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The littlest things can remind you of a place. I just added some loch-y ferns to my new, old kitchen made by master blacksmith Saul. As I am part-gypsy, there is no need for stoves & ovens in my kitchen. I work with a cast iron burner and it caters for all my needs. Don’t feel like your rooms have to have all the mod cons – install only what you’ll use and suits your lifestyle.

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My Scotland recommendations:

LIBRARY

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Alastair Sawday’s
Great travel guide, especially for B&Bs.

Bird Hand Book
By Victor Schrager & A. S. Bryant

Pictures
By Tim Walker

TO STAY

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Bramble Bield
Powis House
Stirling FK9 5PS
Scotland

Applecross Inn
Applecross
Wester Ross IV54 8LR
Scotland

Drovers Inn
Inverarnan
North Loch Lomond G83 7DX
Scotland

Strongarbh House
Tobermory
Isle of Mull PA75 6PR
Scotland

Glengarry Castle Hotel
Invergarry
Inverness-shire PH35 4HW
Scotland

TO SHOP

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Unicorn Antiques
65 Dundas St
Edinburgh EH3 6RS
Scotland

21st Century Kilts
48 Thistle St
Edinburgh EH2 1EN
Scotland

IJ Mellis Cheesemonger
30a Victoria St
Edinburgh EH1 2JW
Scotland

Papa Stour
Amazing craft & design online and stay in their beautiful holiday cottage in Callakille, Applecross.

AG Hendy Home Store
36 High St
Hastings
East Sussex TN34 3ER
England
If you can – a must-visit in the south of the United Kingdom.

TO VISIT

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Jupiter Artland
Bonnington House Steadings
Wilkieston
Edinburgh EH27 8BB
Scotland

Inverewe Garden & Estate
Poolewe
Ross-shire IV22 2LG
Scotland

Tobermory Distillery
Ledaig
Tobermory
Isle of Mull PA75 6NR
Scotland
Book for tour to avoid disappointment.

Duart Castle
Isle of Mull
Argyll PA64 6AP
Scotland

Iona Abbey
Isle of Iona
Argyll PA76 6SQ
Scotland

Drummond Castle Gardens
Muthill
Crieff PH7 4HZ
Scotland

Glenlyon Tweed Mill
Taybridge Terrace, Aberfeldy
Perthshire PH15 2BS
Scotland

Ardalanish
Isle of Mull Weavers
Bunessan
Isle of Mull PA67 6DR

Edinburgh Farmers’ Market
Castle Terrace
Edinburgh EH1 2EL
Scotland
Every Saturday 9am – 2pm.

Charleston
Firle, Lewes
East Sussex BN8 6LL
England
If you’re in the south of England, don’t miss the Bloomsbury Group’s country meeting place.

TO EAT/DRINK

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Timberyard
10 Lady Lawson St
Edinburgh EH3 9DS
Scotland

Ninth Wave Restaurant
Bruach Mhor
Fionnphort
Isle of Mull PA66 6BL
Scotland
Be sure to book.

Love Crumbs
155 West Port
Edinburgh EH3 9DP
Scotland
A recommendation from Timberyard.

Urban Angel
1 Forth St
Edinburgh EH1 3JX
Sobering coffee & almond/orange cake.

The Bon Vivant
55 Thistle St
Edinburgh
Scotland EH2 1DY

 

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